Matt Belisle
Twins' Matt Belisle: Bounces back with two-out save
Matt Belisle, RP, MIN
12:02 AM
News: Belisle struck out both batters he faced to earn his third save in the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader against Cleveland.

Belisle helped his team salvage a split with a 4-2 win, finishing the job after Taylor Rogers got the first out of the ninth inning but brought the tying run to the plate with a walk. He rebounded flawlessly after blowing a save in his last appearance, and is now 3-for-4 in save opportunities since taking over for the traded Brandon Kintzler.

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Roberto Osuna
Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna: Locks down 32nd save
Roberto Osuna, RP, TOR
12:00 AM
News: Osuna pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 32nd save of the season during Thursday's win over Tampa Bay.

Osuna appears to have found his game again with four consecutive save conversions and five straight scoreless appearances. Even with multiple hiccups throughout the season, he still sports a 3.12 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 11.9 K/9. Additionally, his ability to rebound following rough patches strengthens his hold on the Toronto closer job,

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Ryan Merritt
Indians' Ryan Merritt: Pulled in fourth inning Thursday
Ryan Merritt, RP, CLE
8/17/2017
News: Merritt allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with one walk and one strikeout over 3.2 innings in Thursday's no-decision against the Twins.

Merritt was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start the second game of a doubleheader and will likely be sent right back down. He didn't allow a single extra-base hit, but was ineffective at missing Minnesota's bats. Merritt's only other start of the season also came against the Twins back on June 17 and he fared similarly with two earned runs allowed on seven hits in four innings.

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Chris Rowley
Blue Jays' Chris Rowley: Holds Rays to two runs through five
Chris Rowley, RP, TOR
8/17/2017
News: Rowley allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out three batters through five innings during Thursday's win over Tampa Bay. He didn't factor into the decision.

Rowley has now surrendered just three runs through 10.1 innings over his first two starts in the majors. His five walks were definitely concerning Thursday, and if he sticks in the rotation for another turn, he'll face the Rays again in his next start. Typically, that's not ideal for an inexperienced hurler. Additionally, Rowley's body of work is extremely limited after a 30-month stint in the U.S. Army interrupted his professional career. Outside of cavernous fantasy settings, it's probably wise to take a wait-and-see approach with Rowley.

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Dellin Betances
Yankees' Dellin Betances: Will not be available out of pen Friday
Dellin Betances, RP, NYY
8/17/2017
News: Betances will not be available to pitch in Friday's game against the Red Sox, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

The Yankees had to turn to Betances in a save situation Thursday with Aroldis Chapman ailing, but the club is hoping to have Chapman back for Friday's series opener. Regardless, manager Joe Girardi will avoid using Betances to prevent having him take the mound two days in a row. Look for Betances to be available if needed as early as Saturday.

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Chris Beck
White Sox's Chris Beck: Dealing with shoulder bruise
Chris Beck, RP, CHW
8/17/2017
News: Beck is considered day-to-day with a bruised right shoulder, Daryl Van Schouwen of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Beck came on in relief of an injured Reynaldo Lopez on Thursday and was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Adrian Beltre. He managed to stay in the game for one more batter, surrendering a home run to Nomar Mazara. Fortunately, Beck's injury isn't viewed as serious at this time and he figures to return to the mound in the coming days.

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Buddy Boshers
Twins' Buddy Boshers: Sent back to minors
Buddy Boshers, RP, MIN
8/17/2017
News: Boshers was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians.

Boshers allowed two runs on two hits while only recording just two outs during Game 1, so he'll swap places with Nik Turley for Game 2 as the Twins look to bring in a fresh bullpen arm. Boshers, who now owns a 5.16 ERA through 29.2 big-league innings this season, will likely be back with the Twins when rosters expand in September.

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Aroldis Chapman
Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Unavailable Thursday, could avoid DL
Aroldis Chapman, RP, NYY
8/17/2017
News: Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Chapman (hamstring) came through Thursday's bullpen session with no issues, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

This is an encouraging development, as it appears Chapman may be able to avoid a DL stint. He'll get Thursday night off, and the Yankees will see how he feels Friday before making a decision regarding his status. He'll immediately resume his role as the closer whenever he returns to action, but in the meantime, Dellin Betances and David Robertson will cover the ninth inning.

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Dan Jennings
Rays' Dan Jennings: Continues bouncing back Wednesday
Dan Jennings, RP, TB
8/17/2017
News: Jennings fired a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts.

That's now four consecutive scoreless outings for Jennings following an Aug. 9 implosion in which he allowed four earned runs on three hits and two walks over an inning against the Red Sox. The 30-year-old southpaw has mostly been effective with the Rays, allowing only one other run in 11 overall appearances. However, the hold opportunities have been scarce, as he's notched only one over that span.

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Roenis Elias
Red Sox's Roenis Elias: Activated from DL but optioned
Roenis Elias, RP, BOS
8/17/2017
News: Elias (oblique, ribs) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Evan Drellich of CSN New England reports.

Elias is finally over a slew of injuries that have kept him sidelined all season. He completed a seven-game rehab stint, running his pitch count up to 90 in his most recent outing for the PawSox, so he isn't expected to face any restrictions now that he's back. He'll slide in to Pawtucket's rotation for the time being, but he could see time in the Red Sox's bullpen when rosters expand in September.

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